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Tag Archives: Mozart

I’ll play along (after Da Ponte)

You wanna dance, you little count? You wanna dance? If you really wanna dance then I’ll dig out the banjo. Why not? I’ll play along with you. If you wanna learn how I’ll even show you the moves: I could teach you a thing or two. I will, I will – I promise! But gently [...]

Good show(?)! – Mozart Undone

His circus-like extravaganzas have sliced and diced The Beatles, played fast and loose with Bob Dylan, and spawned successful imitations across the theatre scene in his native Denmark. Now the gleefully wilful director-cum-ringmaster Nikolaj Cederholm brings his trademark ‘theatre concert’ to London’s Barbican, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s temporary residence in the British [...]

Pieces of ‘im

Music-type interview with celebrity-portraitist Rich Hardcastle. – For Sinfini Music

theASHtray, vol.9

Read, watch and listen: climate-change, Maldivian politics, Jon Shenk, Mohammed Nasheed, Radiohead, Start the Week, Anne McElvoy, Geoff Dyer, Paul Farley, Andrei Tarkovsky, Tristram Shandy, Werner Herzog, Liz Mermin, large hadron colliders, Scott Waugh, Mouse McCoy, Act of Valor, Navy Seals, John McCain, Facebook, blockbusters, Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, pianos, Clementi, Mozart, Telemann, and [...]

Q&A with Sir John Tomlinson – 1

Part 1 – in which we discuss sleaze, the ecstasy of old men, and why the Ring cycle is just like real life. – For theartsdesk

Don Johnny

Review of Mozart’s-Don-Giovanni-in-a-new-version-by-Robin-Norton-Hale at the Soho Theatre. – For theartsdesk

Old dog, New World

SOSL New World Concert   Arriving at Ladies’ College at the seventh hour, game-faced and Chooty drawn, I was informed that the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka’s New World Concert was sold out.* While a few hundred rupees for an evening’s live music remains a pretty good deal, I have to confess this eventuality had [...]

Any ‘umbrella of tranquillity’ in a storm

In the first of the Great Artist Series, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, acclaimed French pianist Jean-Bernard Pommier performed three meisterwerk sonatas to a sell-out Goethe-Institut crowd. Mozart’s Sonata in D Major is a lightish confection, perhaps slightly more icing than cake, from an era when pianos were still quite piano and [...]

Paths less travelled by

(Unexpurgated) review of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo’s Troubled Seas and Forest Paths concert I appreciate it must be tiresome – not to say slightly unnerving – listening to middle-aged boffins frotting over high-grade music, and that it’s not much better when the middle-aged boffins are actually in their 20s. But what to do? [...]

A ‘flat’ Strauss, a controlled Mozart and a ‘whooping’ Mendelssohn

Headline writers pull over-time in interest of balance after SOSL Premieres concert. For the Sunday Times (SL).